Boomer Esiason apologizes for Daniel Murphy C-section comments

Daniel-Murphy-MetsNew York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy has found himself at the center of a hot topic of debate in the opening part of the MLB season. Murphy missed New York’s first two games to be with his wife, who was giving birth to the couple’s first child. Boomer Esiason and a boatload of other people thought that was an unacceptable excuse for missing work.

Earlier this week, Esiason said on WFAN’s “Boomer and Carton” show that Murphy’s wife should have had a C-section before the season began so he could be with his team. Esiason was joking, but he was blasted for it. He issued a lengthy apology at the start of Friday’s show.

“I just want to say again on this radio show that in no way, shape or form was I advocating anything for anybody to do,” Boomer said, via CBS New York. “I was not telling women what to do with their bodies. I would never do that. That’s their decision, that’s their life and they know their bodies better than I do. And the other thing, too, that I really felt bad about is that Daniel Murphy and Tori Murphy were dragged into a conversation, and their whole life was exposed. And it shouldn’t have been.

“And that is my fault. That is my fault for uttering the word ‘C-section’ on this radio station. And it all of a sudden put their lives under a spotlight, and for that I truly apologize.”

Esiason certainly wasn’t the only one. Mike Francesa was equally critical of Murphy.

“I don’t know why you need three days off, I’m gonna be honest,” Francesa said. “I mean, you see the birth and you get back.”

Murphy missed the first two games of a 162-game season. He didn’t miss the playoffs and he didn’t call out of work because he had a hangnail. As this MLB pitcher could tell you, fans and writers can be irrational sometimes. Kudos to Boomer for admitting that he was wrong.

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  • prestonsc

    Love it when these liberal idiots get nailed by their own…….anyone who listens to Francesa to start with is an idiot. Can’t wait for Dino Costa to begin broadcasting in May…it’s been wayyyy to long!

  • mattimar

    I am far, very far from a Francesa apologist but i listened to much of this on radio and he consistently stated that he had no problem with Murphy missing 2 games. A caller did not like it not Mike. Francesa did have a problem with people missing 10 days of work on paternity when it was a routine delivery. His problem was with those around him who talked about getting 10 days off whenever they chose.

  • kathleen

    Boomer – you did the right thing by apologizing. Here’s the deal – the main thing is a husband and father chose to utilize his paternity leave (which by the way is a great benefit) to be with his wife during the birth of their child. The day ANY professional sport comes before a couple’s child is the day that professional and the sport should stop and really examine what is more important in life. Aside from the fact are you aware of the increased risk a woman is under with a C-section? Yes its considered a safe procedure but not without risks and we have fabulous physicians who do this every day but this is not like warming up before a game. Unbelievable how dumb you and Mr. Francesa sounded with your comments, hopefully you and Mr. Francesa will have greater understanding next time around
    Mr. Francesa – Did you really say this? – If you did, glad I am not married to you.
    “I don’t know why you need three days off, I’m gonna be honest,” Francesa said. “I mean, you see the birth and you get back.”
    What does that mean? Ok honey gotta leave you just had the kid. Have you ever thought of what the woman has just gone through? Why don’t you and Boomer take a child birthing class and see the strain a pregnancy can have on a woman’s body.
    Man up and apologize Mr. Francesa – you really are an idiot for making those statements with zero medical knowledge .